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Peace and its many aspects

Inner Peace: Some Buddhist Principles

I am trying to get ready for the next Peace Prayers meeting (May 7).  The focus this time is on the vast subject of “inner peace”.  While looking around I revisited some of the basics of Buddhism.  What I see is that there really is (at least what looks to me to be) a “core” of common truth about how to feel peace and live peace (inwardly and outwardly); and the Buddhist teachings sum up many of these ideas.  Of course, in its socio-historical  context Buddhism is many things to many people(s), but that is also true for other faith traditions.

Anyhow, as you yourself can find on the ‘net with no trouble, here are a few basic Buddhist ideas which, IMHO merit serious reflection and meditation (which is sort of the point, I guess 🙂 ).

“The Four Noble Truths

The Four Noble Truths with the Eightfold Path is the way to obtain Salvation for Gautama Buddha which comes with Nirvana after enlightenment. It brings Salvation from the sufferings on earth, and, most important, salvation from the curse of reincarnation.

* Dukkha: The condition of all existence is suffering.

* Samudaya: The cause of suffering is attachment or desire (tanha) rooted in ignorance.

* Nirodha: The end of suffering is Nirvana.

* Marga: The path to end suffering is the Noble Eightfold Path.

The Noble Eightfold Path

Enlightenment and Nirvana is attained by meditation and by following the path of righteousness in action, thought, and attitude.

Panna (Wisdom):

* Right Understanding (Samma ditthi)
* Right Thought (Samma sankappa)

Sila (Morality):

* Right Speech (Samma vaca)
* Right Action (Samma kammanta)
* Right Livelihood (Samma ajiva)

Samadhi (Meditation):

* Right Effort (Samma vayama)
* Right Mindfulness (Samma sati)
* Right Concentration (Samma samadhi)

The Five Precepts

The Five Precepts are not given in the form of commands but rather as a person moral behavior.

* Abstain from killing living beings;
* Abstain from taking that which not given (stealing);
* Abstain from sexual misconduct;
* Abstain from incorrect speech (lying, harsh language, slander, idle chit-chat) ;
* Abstain from distilled substances that confuse the mind. (Alcohol and drugs).”

(this can be found in more detail here)

Right thought and right action seem to be at the heart of all ethical systems, and I, for one, cannot see any principle here that is not found in most of the major world religions.  Of course, one has to decide (and commit fully to) a view of what constitutes “right” as the term is used above.  Though, you know, somehow, I think most o f us (not all, but most) can feel somewhere in our beings that much of what is summarized here is basically right.  Doesn’t that tell you something?

IGbarb says:  “Enlightenment is within your reach!”

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April 24, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Just found your blog, great stuff. Will be back to read more..

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    Comment by dmcgirl37 | April 30, 2010 | Reply

  2. If only I had a greenback for every time I came here.. Superb post!

    Comment by Albert Pate | May 27, 2010 | Reply

  3. Wow am I honestly the only reply to this incredible read!

    Comment by Rosario Brooks | May 29, 2010 | Reply

  4. Ah well…it’s not the quantity of comments but the quality that really matters. Thanks.

    IGb19

    Comment by igbarb19 | May 29, 2010 | Reply


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